Batting at number eleven is this locally purchased bat which represents the rewarding of all the tours and team adventures. This bat was used for street cricket during some of the most dangerous insurgent attacks of the war. Building rapport with the local children reaped security benefits as no one knows the local people and streets better than the kids. More significantly, many games were played with Ghurkha security guards, for whom the author fought hard to secure a significant pay increase. This bat encapsulates nearly 1000 days on operations across 25 years of service with SASR
Beyond the signatures of the men and women that the author served with on this deployment, the author likes to use this bat to remind us all about the service of the families behind the operators – the spouses and children usually resigned to a foot note – who regularly go unrecognised for their service to our nation.